Investing in Ukraine’s Future: Defining the Political and Economic Opportunities
Since the Ukrainian presidential and parliamentary elections of 2010 and 2012, concern has grown—both within Ukraine and in the West—about political and economic developments in the country. Many believe that Ukraine is coming to a crossroads in terms of its democratic values and geopolitical orientation. The opposition in the Verkhovna Rada (Ukraine’s parliament) believes that the country is currently on the wrong course. It has laid out an alternate agenda for the nation built upon free and fair elections, greater transparency, a comprehensive anti-corruption effort, economic investment and job creation, membership in the European Union and building international partnerships.
On June 24, the Center on the United States and Europe at Brookings hosted Arseniy Yatseniuk, leader of the Batkivshchyna (“Fatherland”) parliamentary faction in the Ukrainian parliament. Mr. Yatseniuk addressed the political and economic opportunities facing Ukraine, as well as how the country can best make use of those opportunities. Brookings Senior Fellow Steven Pifer introduced Mr. Yatseniuk and moderated their discussion.
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[Trump] didn't say one word about Ukraine and he had to be briefed on this stuff. The only person to say that the United States says the annexation of Crimea wasn't legal and disagrees with Russia was the president of Russia. The overall contrast [with Trump's criticisms of German Chancellor Angela Merkel, British Prime Minister Theresa May, and the EU earlier in the trip] coupled with Trump's inability to say Russia had done anything to contribute to the downturn of US-Russia relations, either way it's scary. Either he forgot there's a problem or he wasn't willing. He would have had no problem listing his grievances against Germany, but against Putin, he's not capable of saying anything.